A masterful, twisted tale of ambition, jealousy, betrayal, and superpowers, set in a near-future world.
Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.
Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up with his hold friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will.
Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?
I am more than a little excited about Victoria Schwab's first foray into adult fiction! Netgalley is only sharing an excerpt, but it was enough to hook me.
I'm particularly intrigued by the sophistication of the storytelling structure and language. While The Archived, Victoria Schwab's previous book, felt a little unfocused, this one feels like Schwab knew exactly what she wanted to accomplish, and I was muttering "The game's afoot!" by the time the sample ended.
I'll be updating you on this one once I can get my hands on a complete copy but, for now, enjoy the trailer!